Anyone familiar with Florida Hospital College?

  1. I am enrolled to start classes in May. Their online program is new (RN to BSN) but has all of the appropriate accreditation. They are still developing a BSN to MSN program. I was enrolled in the University of Phoenix Online and loved it, but financially it was too much! Would love to hear from anyone else doing the distance learning route.
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  3. by   fry.girl
    Cindy,

    I did not know that FHC offered on-line Nursing, but that is really great! I know some people here in Orlando FL that have finished their RN through the FHC traditional program and they have been very happy with their experience.

    I admin a forum for local Orlando Student Nurses that includes FHC students...You should drop by sometime...

    http://nurses.proboards21.com/

    Congrats on getting started!

    Cheri
  4. by   traumaRUs
    I'm finishing the RN to BSN at University of Phoenix May 19th (woohoo!), and am slated to start the MSN program also right after. Would be interested in info about Florida though. Think I'll go find it. Thanks....
  5. by   CindyJRN
    Quote from traumaRUs
    I'm finishing the RN to BSN at University of Phoenix May 19th (woohoo!), and am slated to start the MSN program also right after. Would be interested in info about Florida though. Think I'll go find it. Thanks....
    :hatparty: :hatparty: Congrats on completing your BSN, Trauma! Do you know what avenue you want to pursue with your MSN? BTW, visit www.fhchs.edu for more info on Florida Hospital College.
  6. by   CindyJRN
    Quote from cbarnett2
    Cindy,

    I did not know that FHC offered on-line Nursing, but that is really great! I know some people here in Orlando FL that have finished their RN through the FHC traditional program and they have been very happy with their experience.

    I admin a forum for local Orlando Student Nurses that includes FHC students...You should drop by sometime...

    http://nurses.proboards21.com/

    Congrats on getting started!

    Cheri
    Thanks Cheri, I will visit soon!
  7. by   capgirl
    I have been looking into this program. The recruiter couldn't answer my question about clinicals though. When I called, she said they were still designing the program. Any details?
  8. by   flmiata
    The direct link to the online RN to BSN program and all the info is here:

    http://www.onlinenursing.fhchs.edu

    Hope this helps!
  9. by   capgirl
    How funny that this thread is finally answered!!! I have since gone on to this program and graduated in April. I would recommend this program, and would be happy to answer any questions....
  10. by   flmiata


    Congradulations on your graduation!!! Did you enjoy the program? How was your experience overall? I already have my BSN, but my best friend/coworker is considering the program and I have looked into it in detail for her. Looks like a great opportunity. Low tuition in comparision to other accredited programs.

  11. by   Hotlando
    When I checked in to this program which I here is very good. They told me that they didn't accept graduates from Excelsior College. So I am am trying Nova Southeastern which goes all the way up to Phd. Does any one have any information on them?


    Hotlando
  12. by   capgirl
    I enjoyed this program...but as with courses taken online, there are a ton of papers to write!!! It was a challenging program, but definitely do-able, and it is accredited and the tuition is definitely more affordable than other programs. I would recommend it to anyone!
  13. by   rn-on-the-move
    Quote from capgirl
    How funny that this thread is finally answered!!! I have since gone on to this program and graduated in April. I would recommend this program, and would be happy to answer any questions....
    So excited to meet someone in this program as I am now in the process of enrolling.
    And I'm very glad you're so receptive to questions cause I've got a few. How many clinical hours did you need to complete? What's the lenght of each class - 8weeks? What did you find most difficult? Where the instructors open to providing assistance when asked? Any cons you can think of? I've seen online the cost per credit but how was the addition fees - ie books, lab fees, graduation fee etc?

    Congradulations on your accomplishment! Please let us how things go after graduation.

    And thanks for the info.
  14. by   capgirl
    Hi, happy to answer your questions

    No clinicals were necessary in this program, as we are all RNs already. There was some 'service hours' in the courses, but those were fulfilled by the course requirements such as in the population focused community health you had to give a few education presentations to your target audiences.

    Most of the classes were 7 weeks. In my last semester they were changing some of the more challenging courses (pathophysiology, pharmacology and nursing research) to a 14 week semester. They suggest taking one course at a time, but I found it reasonable to take 2 courses concurrently and managed fine.

    The courses are really set up in a system and a schedule - for example, on monday you start the readings, on wednesday you post your discussion, on friday you take a quiz or post your responses etc....most courses have a one hour 'chat' where you sign up for the most convenient time and you have a discussion with 15 classmates and a facilitator.

    The books are outrageous!!! (aren't all textbooks crazy expensive???) But of course you can buy them online at ebay, half.com, amazon etc...look for the best price on the correct edition and you will do better. Also, you can buy from your classmates that maybe already finished that class....

    I thought the instructors were very approachable, you have the facilitator that is your resource, and you also can reach the main instructor via email.

    I don't think there were any lab fees, you don't go to lab! The graduation fee was 50 dollars, and it covered your diploma, cap and gown, pinning ceremony (have to buy your own pin though) graduation luncheon, and graduation program and photo. It was the best money I ever spent!!!

    The one thing I found the most difficult was sustaining to the end of the program. Make no mistake, it is a lot of work. It is writing papers every week, it is one course after another and you just have to put your head down and keep plodding along....If it was easy it would be meaningless wouldn't it? So make up your mind and go for it!

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